Robert & Frances Plecker Athletic Performance Center James Madison University
Robert & Frances Plecker Athletic Performance Center James Madison UniversityHarrisonburg, VA
The Plecker Athletic Performance Center is the new home of James Madison University football, offering conditioning and rehabilitation equipment, meeting and VIP rooms, locker facilities, a hall of fame and staff offices. Some of these areas expand on amenities already in place, while others are new to the athletics program.
Sleek floor-to-ceiling glass panels in the main atrium offer the enticement athletics officials desire in order to assist with recruiting efforts, yet the structure also recalls architecture of the university’s past. The brick and precast concrete exterior echoes that of nearby structures.
The athletic performance center is the first of a multiphase project that will enable the university to grow according to its strategic plan for athletic programs and facilities — a plan that also adds seats to Bridgeforth Stadium, making it a 30,000- seat facility. The JMU campus community considers the stadium a central gathering spot on both game days and non-game days, and the new performance center increases the venue’s impact.
Project DetailsArchitect: VMDO Architects P.C.; Charlottesville, Va.
Prime Consultant: Heery International; Atlanta, Ga.
Construction Cost: $8.46 million
Square Feet: 48,500
Occupancy: January 2005